Nightly News | October 29, 2012
>>> as we take a look at the radar, it has been raining in certain places on the east coast for days. and this just begins phase two of the osteoporosis, we saw the scene in point pleasant beach, new jersey, earlier tonight. it is still raining in north carolina , where this all started up well over 24 hours ago. we should add they don't scare easily along the outer banks of north carolina . lester holt has been covering the southern end of hurricane sandy. he is in elizabeth city tonight. lester, good evening.
>> reporter: brian, good evening, a dramatic rescue at sea today, 16 crew members on board a 180-foot tall ship had to go over board an abandoned ship when they took on water. two people were missing, late word tonight, one of the people has been found, a woman found unresponsive and flown later to new york city . the ship was on its way to connecticut to florida, trying to steer around the storm when it ran into trouble.
>> survivors coming out of the raft.
>> reporter: the dramatic video shows the members of the crew jumping into the raft of a coast guard rescue swimmer . the distress call came in last night, the ship had lost power and was taking on water, some two feet an hour. the bounty and her crew were 90 miles off cape hatteras . and then earlier this morning, the 16-member crew were given the order to put on their survival suits and abandon ship . spotted first by a coast guard c-130, two choppers were launched into the teeth of the winds and low visibility.
>> there was a lot of winds, fortunately going out there, there was a tail wind , so we got out there pretty quick, even though it was at 180 wind.
>> reporter: one was found in the water, the other in a life raft.
>> it was like being in a washing machine. you have the waves kind of hitting at you from every single direction.
>> reporter: one by one, the bounty's crew were hoisted up into the helicopters. one of the crew members were later hospitalized with a broken arm. the bounty is a replica famous for its mutiny, and was used in the brandon movie. recently, it was used in the pirates of the caribbean "dead man's chest," but nothing could match this real life drama.
>> you could easily see how violent it is, if you don't prepare yourself properly and handle it the way you should, then it could come back to have very drastic consequences.
>> reporter: and as we come back live, the sound here behind me is the helicopter just coming back with that other victim that they found floating in the water again, her condition, unresponsive, taken to a hospital. they're continuing to search, brian, for the other missing crew member.
>> i'm no expert, but i'm guessing a tall ship had no business in the waters with the approaching storm. lester holt , with the dramatic rectory out of carolina, lester, thank